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Types of Hydrangeas
Purple-White-Green Hydrangea

We all seem to love them – big, bold, colorful Hydrangea (Hyds) blossoms that last for months. From early spring until autumn hyds perform with their showy abundance of texture and color. Each type of hyd has different characteristics. Here are some tips to help have success:

  • Hyds need moist, but well-drained soil – they DO NOT like wet feet!!
  • Hyds appreciate some sun daily; the best being morning sun and dappled shade in the heat of the afternoon. They flower best with at least four hours of sun.
  • Hyds need plenty of water, especially in their first year or two as they get established. Hyds need an inch of water a week. Deep water them once a week in especially dry weather. Because of their shallow roots, they dry out quickly. Mulching with 2-3” helps keep them “hydra-ted”.
  • Hyds benefit from an early spring balanced fertilizer 10-10-10 or 20-20-20. Blue hyds prefer more acidic soil, so look for Jack’s Hydrangea Blue 7-3-3 or Bailey’s Color-Me-Blue.
  • Hyds all have some color change as the flowers age. Select the primary color you are looking for in your gardens and landscaping.
  • You can change hyd color from pink to blue easier than from blue to pink but doing so takes chemical application in specific amounts at specific times.
  • Remember, here in Iowa we are classified as a Zone 4b/5 depending on how much the plant is protected from winds. So, pick a hydrangea that is cold hardy enough for around here.
  • I haven’t tried it, but it is suggested you can grow hydrangeas in containers and bring them indoors during the colder months

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